Research Activity

The research activity of the Biotechnical Faculty covers a wide range of biotechnical sciences (life sciences). Researchers at the faculty are engaged in both basic and developmental research, and, in doing so, we cooperate intensively with practice. Besides the basic biological sciences, our work is largely characterised by the agri-food and forest-timber value chain and the management of natural resources. The research work of the Biotechnical Faculty thus includes the fields of applied botany, genetics, microbiology and biotechnology. Research in the field of agronomy and animal science covers the spectrum of technology, optimisation of production and processing of food of plant and animal origin and feed, zootechnics, genetics, pedology, typology, classification and evaluation of Slovenian landscape, urbanism, landscape architecture and urban ecology. The field of economics and public policies in the management of natural resources, especially agriculture and forestry, is also becoming increasingly important. From the national point of view, the field of nutrition and food technology is also important, which includes the development of advanced technologies in food, alternative packaging technologies, food biotechnology, control of food safety and food quality, diet, nutrition and development of food supplements. Researchers in the field of forestry study many social, nature conservation and economic functions of the forest. We get wood from the forest, which is one of our most important renewable resources. In this field, we work on the knowledge of existing and development of new materials, wood-based composites. We parallelly study the possibilities of their use in the furniture and construction industries with an emphasis on determining the service life during outdoor use. We are also studying the application of wood and other plant tissues in future generations of biorefineries.

Research work at the Biotechnical Faculty is organised in 22 research programmes and 48 research groups that apply for various domestic and international public tenders.